Over the years, female participation in sports has risen dramatically, reflecting the changes in modern society. This was best reflected at the 2012 London Olympics, where women made up 44.3% of all competitors – representing the greatest percentage of female …
The World Hindu Economic Forum London 2015 (“WHEF London 2015”): ‘Making society prosperous by investing in the youth of tomorrow.’ This was one of the many objectives WHEF London 2015 adhered to, which hit home for the National Hindu Students’ …
By Veeral Raichura NHSF (UK) National Treasurer
In its 11th year running, approximately 900 students from across the country gathered once again at Tipton Sports Academy for NHSF (UK)’s annual sports competition. Saturday 21st February witnessed a record 118 …
On 22nd February 2014, 900 students from across the country gathered at Tipton Sports Academy, West Midlands for NHSF (UK)’s Annual Sports Competition. This year was a landmark for our sports completion, not only was it the 10th anniversary, but we had a record 128 teams competing in Badminton, Football, Kabbadi, Kho-Kho and Netball from 34 of our affiliated Hindu societies from across the UK.
Jaimal Patel (London Zone Coordinator) & Nimesh Joshi (South Zone Coordinator)
Hindu Awareness Week wasn’t just a week full of events but a week where Hindu Dharma came alive through Bhakti, Gyan and Sewa. It was a week where chapters were proud to be Hindu and express their faith with others who may not fully understand the practices and principles of Hindu Dharma. History was made in NHSF (UK) London and South Zones as Hindu Awareness Week took place from the 27th – 31st January. NHSF (UK) Chapters across both zones put on fantastic events to learn Hindu Dharma and to inspire students. I was fortunate to be part of some of the amazing events that took place, from talks on Hindu Dharma by Keshav Bhatt to Yoga sessions by Chinmaya Mission.
National Hindu Students’ Forum (NHSF) (UK) celebrated its official 21 years of achievements on February 3rd 2014 in the Palace of Westminster at a reception hosted by MP Seema Malhotra. The organisation consisting of 5,000 members and which aims to encourage and celebrate Hindu Dharma through practice, preserving, promoting and protecting Hindu Dharma through a variety of sporting, spiritual and social events for their members. NHSF (UK) also engages with the British Asian community and the wider society as a whole to ensure that the views of Hindu students’ and Hindu people as a collective in the UK are represented and discussed in matters affecting them.
The event hosted by Seema Malhotra, Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament (MP) for Feltham and Heston celebrated the success of NHSF (UK) over the past 21 years, and highlighted the contributions young British Hindu Students have contributed to the United Kingdom.
By Suraj Bhanot
General Secretary 2012-2013
Another incredible year has passed for NHSF (UK) and on reflection I am filled with a sense of pride with what has been achieved, both nationally and locally. Students and young professionals are setting examples for what can be achieved by serving the community at large. These achievements were reflected upon at this year’s NHSF (UK) Annual General Meeting (AGM).
On Saturday 23rd March, both National and Chapter Committees, well-wishers and alumni members braved the unseasonal wintery conditions and assembled at Birmingham City University for NHSF (UK)’s AGM. The AGM enabled us to review the previous year’s activities and look ahead to build upon this year’s successes.
By Vishal Patel
NHSF (UK) General Secretary
“The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.” Swami Vivekananda
‘Inspire a generation’, a motto which will be long lived by many of us who viewed the spectacular display of sporting talent throughout the London Olympic 2012 games. The games have come and gone, but there is no doubt it has left a profound legacy for the UK as a country.
On Saturday 16th February 2013, National Hindu Students’ Forum (NHSF)UK)) embraced this legacy by providing 900 students a platform to channel their sporting talent and their competitive spirit to thrive. In its ninth year, NHSF (UK)’s Annual Sports Competition took place at the Tipton Sports Academy, Birmingham. The day started with a prayer to Lord Ganesh, led by Dr Raj Pandit Sharma, who explained that Lord Ganesh is the first to be worshipped at every occasion as he is the destroyer of all obstacles and the Lord of successful beginnings. Over 900 students joined in prayer creating an atmosphere of unity and strength within the Hindu student community. This was followed by a spectacular opening ceremony where a representative from each NHSF (UK) university society was nominated to carry their university flag alongside fellow NHSF (UK) branches. The opening ceremony embraced every NHSF (UK) society as individuals who together stand strong as NHSF (UK); the largest Hindu student body outside India.
By Anup Prajapati
NHSF (UK) Finance Team
Anthony Nolan is a pioneering charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer who are in need of a blood stem cell or bone marrow transplant. The charity is named after Anthony Nolan, who in 1971 was born with a rare condition called Wiskott Aldrich. His mother, Shirley, set up the world’s first bone marrow register in 1974 to match donors with people who were in desperate need of a transplant. This register now saves two people every day.
The chances of finding a match for a patient from any ethnic minority group can be as low as 40%. Currently there are 420,000 people on Anthony Nolan’s register, of which only 4% are Asian. The most likely match for a patient comes from the same ethnic group; for an Asian person with blood cancer, a bone marrow transplant from an Asian donor is often their only chance to survive. Donating your bone marrow is possibly one of the truest acts of sewa you can perform. You could potentially save someone’s life, have a great impact on their family and remain anonymous at the same time.
By Tejal Shah
NHSF (UK) PR Co-ordinator
Religion and sports are seen to be strong influences in inspiring young individuals in society to be successful. This has been seen by the London 2012 Olympic Games organisers acknowledging the need of a multi-faith centre for inclusion and diversity. This need is being met on Saturday 16th February 2013 at Tipton Sports Academy, where the National Hindu Students Forum (NHSF) UK is holding their ninth National Annual Sports Competition.
Over 800 students will be competing in 94 teams from over 43 Universities across the country in some of the Hindu cultures most ancient, exciting and adrenaline-pumped sports. The NHSF (UK) National Annual Sports Competition celebrates sport in Britain today, showcasing popular modern sports such as netball, badminton and football whilst also keeping alive traditional Indian sports, including Kho Kho and Kabaddi.